Never say never, but let's be honest with ourselves here. History points to the future Star Wars: Episode VII director likely being less of a brand name than those guys are. Nolan wasn't a household name when Warner Bros. selected him for Batman Begins. Abrams was familiar to audiences before Star Trek but primarily as a successful television producer and not a blockbuster filmmaker (yet, at the time). Ditto for Whedon before The Avengers. That fact doesn't apply to just those guys, but can similarly be said of Marc Webb before taking over the multi-billion dollar Spider-Man franchise this year, or Rob Marshall when chosen to carry on Disney's Pirates franchise with On Stranger Tides.
In other words, how often does a brand name director ever end up taking over franchise after their career has been firmly established? Very rarely. How often do guys make names for themselves by taking over a big franchise? Pretty often.
We all have our directorial wish lists for anticipated films, but the Boxoffice.com team is preparing for more likely, less established candidates. (And, because we're human too, one or two pipe dreams.) Some of our favorites include:
Edited by ShawnMR, 01 November 2012 - 03:39 PM.